At the centre of it all…

When we keep God
At the centre
Good things happen

Feeling far away
Is the result
Of imbalance

The balance of life
Will inevitably tip
If we take God off centre

Life becomes a game
A balancing act
Of keeping God centered

It’s a confusing game
We think it’s difficult
But it doesn’t even take much effort

Life with God
At the centre
Is the simplest life

It’s the easiest
And best
Way to live

When the balance
Is even & steady
Life feels perfect

Keeping it that way
Might take effort
And feel difficult
But…
The centering game
Is the most rewarding
Gift from God


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you to keep God at the centre of your life because where He is at the centre, He will do amazing things in & with your life!
Click the picture below to listen to an inspiring song about keeping Him at the centre!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Office Job…

Sitting here
Thinking
Spinning around
In this chair
At this desk
My desk?
Writing
These words
On paper
To process life
Typing
Something random
To look busy
Doing homework
Feeling
Weird and confused
Asking
So many questions
About the future
God, how did I get here?
Waiting
For an answer
In the meantime
I continue
To sit here
At this desk
Learning
To be professional


Thanks for reading!
That poem was inspired by my current “job” here in Australia.
It’s kind of a long story about how I got here, so to keep it short, click this link to learn about what I’m currently doing here.
And, click this link to learn more about what I’ve been doing here for the past 7 months!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Cafe Saturday

Sitting here
Starring out

Into the city
From this cafe
I can’t help

But think
How God
Did I
Get here?

Just a random
Saturday in winter
Here in Australia
With
So many visions
So many dreams
So many plans
Just chasing God
With my life
And so far
He has never
Let me down
And
Here I am
Just sitting here
In His presence
In the comfort
In the love
In the protection
Of my Father

He has
Always been
Holding me
Protecting me
Fighting battles
All so
I would
Never worry

I know a God
That worries for me
He takes my burdens
And frees me from
EVERYTHING
And –
He gives me
A Saturday filled
With His love


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that God is always with you (even on a random Saturday in a foreign city in a random cafe). He is everywhere, ready to protect & comfort you!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Home…

Home
is not a place
it’s not a bed
what is home?

Home
is the people
the people you love
the people you trust

Home
is in the heart
the feeling of nostalgia
the place of belonging

Home
is individual
and safety
for the body

Home
is collective
and joy
for the heart

Home
is a quest
and a treasure hunt
of the heart

Home
is only found
in others
and self confidence

Home
is coming out of hiding
and seeking wholeheartedly
for that place

Home
is the place
of love, comfort
and belonging

Home
makes the heart
truly filled
with pure joy


Thanks for reading!
I hope that this post inspired you to keep seeking for that place you can call home!
It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Living in the Unknown

Alone
In a country
So far from
My own

With no ticket
To go home
For two years
This is it

Day by day
Growing
And ignoring
What the doubters say

Lost but not alone
Searching with God
Learning to live
In the unknown


This poem was inspired by:

I thank God everyday that He has a plan for my life
that is bigger & better than I could ever dream!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem reminded you that living in the unknown is the best decision ever because when God puts His plan for your life into action, amazing things will happen!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

A message of hope for the lonely

Loneliness
Comes and goes
But
God remains

Pain
Becomes a trigger
But
God remains

Happiness
Feels out of reach
But
God remains

Belonging
Seems impossible
But
God remains


Through all the loneliness, remember that God remains the same through it all. He is always there within reach inviting you into His house. He wants you to join His family more than anything because He loves you!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that through your loneliness:

God always remains!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

“Peoplesick”

So, a few days ago, I had this revelation about home. I was feeling sad, and I couldn’t figure out why because I didn’t really feel homesick, but I couldn’t put it into words. Until I came up with the word “peoplesick”.
You see, I’ve been living in a dorm with 11 other girls for the past 6 months, and these people have truly become like family, and I have felt comfort (like you would at home) with them.
I moved to Australia 6 months ago without knowing anyone, and at first I didn’t know how to feel about living in a 12 girl dorm. But, a few months later, I realized that these girls had become my home here in Australia.
But, here’s where the “peoplesick” part comes in.. A few weeks ago, our school graduated, and everyone had to go back home. And, that took away all the comforts I had built here in Australia (yes, I am still here). I’m still living in the same place, but I am starting a new school, with different people. And, I kept feeling homesick (even though I’m in the same place).
And, that’s when I came up with “peoplesick” because even though I am still living in the same place, all the people I have come to trust and find comfort in have gone home, and I am left with this empty feeling.
So, here’s a poem I wrote to describe this empty feeling:


Hello again
Trust issues
Welcome back

People come
People go
That’s life

It’s difficult
To restart
Every time

But occasionally
With time
People stay

Good things
Take time
And effort

Never let
Some people
Steal joy

Always continue
Building trust
With them

Those people
Will stay
Through everything

They will
Be there
Breaking walls

“People sick”
Equals progress
And growth

Continue growing
And building
With them

People leave
People stay
God remains


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post helped you realize that sometimes homesickness isn’t missing a place, but rather missing the people that gave you comfort and love.
And, when you feel “peoplesick”, it’s actually a good sign because it means that those people have made an impact on you, and they will probably be in your heart & ife for a while.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

This is how I fight my battles…


So, I’ve recently gone through a pretty testing season of life. And, I’ve learned that the only way to win battles is to fight them the right way.

But, before I go into the details, here’s a poem I wrote during this past season:

Dear God,
I’m done
I’m giving up
I can’t carry this anymore
I have nothing left
The world couldn’t fill
What I’m searching for
But I still can’t
Seem to find it
Dear God,
Help me
Fight this battle
Take this weight
From my shoulders
It’s killing me
I’m done with the world
I’m done searching
Show me your truth
Reveal your glory to me
Dear God,
Please
Don’t make me wait
Forgive me
Restore me in your love
Fill me with peace
Show me your grace
Help me see you
Be my answer
Dear God,
I’m done searching
For temporary answers
In the world
Because
You are the answer
I’ve been looking for
This whole time
You were there
Waiting for me
To find you
Dear God,
Thank you
For waiting
For me
To come
And find you
In the midst
Of the chaos
You are
And will always
Be near


You see, I used to get really anxious in uncomfortable situations. And, I mean, REALLY anxious; I would bite my nails A LOT, and start to shut down to the people around me. I still currently have no nails while typing this, but they’re growing back, slowly (just like my relationships with some people)…
Anyways, this past season or my life (the past 6 months) have been teaching me a lot about how to fight my battles in a positive, and productive way.

I’ve learned that fighting my battles is impossible alone; my own strength is not enough (that causes me to bite my nails a lot), and even when people help me, they can’t fully win the battle (especially spiritual battles). The only way I can truly win all my battles is by fighting them with God. He is the ultimate protector in my battles, and He gives me everything I need to win all my battles.
And, this song has been an amazing reminder, and encourager for me, so I hope it inspires you as well.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and encouraging to your soul; and that it filled your spirit with a new sense of hope for your battles.

P.S. The featured picture of this post is me, in the middle of a battle
(that’s how I fight them now.. and it’s successful everytime)!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

A poem about evangelism

Just tell them!

One smile
Instead of words
Is enough
And, so simple

Just tell them!

One word
More than enough
To speak
Life over someone

Just tell them!

One sentence
All it takes
To explain
The good news

Just tell them!

One truth
Of unfailing love
Is greater
Than the world


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encouraged you, & reminded you that telling others about the truth & love is as simple as a smile!

– LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Poem inspired by this video, & this song!

Important Word


So, it’s my birthday today (23! Woohoo!), and I’m currently in New South Wales, Australia! The past 6 months have been pretty crazy, and instead of repeating it all here, here’s a link to a page where you can read all my past posts from my experiences here in Australia from the past 6 months (and counting).


Anyways, this post is a poem I wrote about a word that has come to mean a lot to me. I never really knew what it meant before, but I have started to really understand it, and take it seriously during the past 6 months.
So, here it is:

A B I D E

Abide
One word
Many meanings
Multiple actions

Dwell
One word
One meaning
One action

To abide
Means to obey
To dwell
Means to stay

Abiding
Results in abundance
Dwelling
Results in stillness

Act in accordance
Receive abundance
Act in stillness
Receive scarcity

R E M A I N

Whether it’s an abiding faith, an abiding respect, or an abiding passion; the Word remains the same.
The meaning might change based on the reason, but the Word remains the same.
The action taken could be different based on the situation, but the Word still remains the same.
The Word will always remain the same.
And, when we choose to abide in the living Word, everything changes, except the Word.


Thanks for reading! I hope this encouraged you to think about the truths that are surrounding you everyday!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Post inspired by these songs: one & two

Abba Father!

A child for life
Living in His presence
Because
He always treats His children well
And takes care of them everyday

No need to grow up
Just be in awe of Him everyday
Stay curious
Have a joy like a child
Depend on Him
Never try to understand all things

That’s His job
As Abba Father

Because…

He is:
More real than the ground we stand on, & the air we breathe.
He is:
Closer than the skin on our bones, the songs we sing, & the thoughts in our minds.
He:
Welcomes home the prodigal,
Leaves the 99,
And, chases after His children!

And, He does it all for love because He is the perfect Abba Father!


Thanks for reading! I hope this reminds you that you are so loved and you matter so much to the one person that truly cares!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

You have no idea… (a poem)

Ouch
that hurt
that was triggering
that made me feel sad
But…
then again
you have no idea
how much pain I feel
Because…
it’s concealed
hidden away
pushed deep down
out of sight
out of reach
no one can know
about this pain
inside me
But…
only one has an idea
only God knows

You have no idea

And you never will
even if I explain
myself
and tell you my
life story
you will never
truly understand
what I battle with
on the inside
everyday
without fail
it’s always there
a constant battle

You have no idea

I live
I laugh
I smile
I joke
I act like it’s all okay
But…
deep down
it’s not
at all
I want to die
some days
I have no more strength
to fight another day
But…
somehow I find it
God gives it to me
enough strength
to make it through
another day

And that’s why
You have no idea


I started this battle alone, and I will continue to fight it alone with God because:

I went on this journey of
comparison,
hating myself,
not seeing or feeling God’s love,
feeling defeated,
and unworthy.

But, when I finally realized
how much God truly loves me,
and cares for me (Matthew 6:26-34);

I started to see the world through His eyes,
the beauty around me in nature helped me
realize how much God loves His creations.
And, if He loves the trees, & animals;
How much more could He love me?

And, when I discovered that God loves me more than the trees He created,
I truly understood His amazing love for me!


Thanks for reading! I hope this reminded you that God is always with you, & He cares for all His creations equally (your past does not & will never change His love for you).

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Lessons from the mountain top…


A moment to remember who God is & who I am
A moment of total surrender
A moment of ultimate love
A moment of perfect peace
A moment of complete freedom
A moment of finding hope
A moment of unfailing grace
A moment of uplifting truth

God is…

Love
Peace
Freedom
Hope
Grace
Truth
And the ultimate hiding place
The one I kneel at the feet of
The one that caries me through everything

I am…

His child
His human vessel
Dwelling in His house
Called to do great things
Spreading His glory
Living my best life with Him

And…

Through it all
He continues to love
To encourage
To reveal
To redeem
To forgive
To restart
This amazing journey with me


Thanks for reading!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Finding Freedom by Popping Bubbles


If you don’t know where I’ve been for the past 4 months,
check out this post before reading the following story.


Running
Chasing
Catching
Finding
Discovering
Learning
Building
Working
Crying
Smiling
Laughing
Hiding
Hurting
Thinking
Talking
Processing
Praying

But, ultimately

Popping
Breaking
Destroying
Tearing
Shattering

This is my story from the past 4 months
about how I discovered my true freedom by popping bubbles:

You see, before coming to YWAM (Youth with a Mission) to do a DTS (Discipleship Training School), I used to have these bubbles. They were safe places where I could go to hide, where I could go to just feel safe, and where I could go to get away from everything. And, I was content in my own little world surrounded by these bubbles. Or, so I thought…

“Please don’t pop my bubbles!”

I felt content with my bubbles because they gave me a sense of safety. I liked looking at their beauty because they made me feel loved. I enjoyed their peacefulness because they made me feel comforable.

But, these bubbles would also really hurt me. I wouldn’t be able to let people get too close because they would pop them. Letting people get close enough to pop them seemed like a good and productive idea, but it never was because they never knew which bubbles to pop at the right time. They just wanted to pop them all right away before I was ready, which led to me being hurt often.

“Some people have no self-control with bubbles.”

So, during the past 4 months, I’ve been slowly learning that I am the one that gets to decide when I’m ready to pop a bubble. When I know I’m ready to pop a bubble, that’s when I can let others in to help and encourage me in the process.
I’ve learned that I can’t just let people get close enough and expect them to not pop any bubbles. So, I need to know when the right time for me is to let people get close enough to avoid being hurt by them choosing which bubbbles to pop in their timing.

“Stop! That’s too much, too fast; slow down please!”

So, I’ve learned that in order to let people get close enough, I need to start popping these bubbles on my own (with help & support) because it’s the only way I will feel ready to pop each bubble.
I’ve discovered that only when I’m truly ready to pop a bubble / get rid of something will I feel complete freedom from it.

“It won’t hurt if you’re ready.”

Sometimes I might think I’m not ready, but that’s when I learn how much power fear has in my decisions. Sometimes it takes others to encourage the popping of bubbles.


Freedom won’t be comfortable at first; it takes courage to allow hurt to enter our lives. But, when we start seeing the process of popping bubbles as an exciting and joyful time, we forget about the hurt because we start to see our life in a new, clear way; without the distraction of bubbles.

“Freedom is right in from of you! But, will you choose it?”

Freedom is an interesting concept because they say it’s freely given to you, and you can take it when you want. But, they fail to mention how much it hurts to actually receive it because it costs’ your total comfort. But, that’s when you have to ask yourself:

“Is freedom worth your comfort?”


Well, during the past 4 months, I’ve learned that my answer is definitely YES.
I’ve decided that I am fully willing to step out of my comfort zone to gain freedom because it’s so worth it, and at the end of the day I can’t hold onto them forever anyway.
I’ve realized that if giving-up my self-made comforts is all I need to do to receive true freedom then, I am willing to pop any bubbles that stop me from receiving this amazing freedom.

And, that’s my story from the past 4 months.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inpsired you to think about the things in your life that could be holding you back from receiving true freedom. If I’ve learned anything during this time, it’s that:
TRUE FREEDOM IS WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN YOUR COMFORT!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S.
Check out this page for more stories about my adventures here in Australia!
or
Follow me on instagram to follow me on my next journey (details to come soon)!

The Mustard Seed…

The smallest seed
In the whole garden
And even earth

Don’t just have
A mustard seed
SIzed faith

You must be
The mustard seed
Tree, Be a tree

It’s the smallest
Of the seeds
But, it becomes,

The tallest tree
Loved by all
A safe shadow for all


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that:

It’s never just
About faith

The mustard seed
Is the smallest

But it grows into
The tallest tree

Be the mustard seed
Focus on growing

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Spiral…

“Sometimes on this journey,
I get lost in my own mistakes.
But, my story isn’t over,
my story’s just begun.”

Can you hear me?
I’m spiraling.
Help!

Where am I?
I’m stuck in my thoughts.
Help!

When will this end?
I’m tired of always fighting.
Help!

Is anyone out there?
I’m begging to be free.
Help!


I feel like I’m:

Loosing myself
Brewing in self hatred
Swallowing with guilt
Thinking too much
Breaking everything I touch
Talking down to myself
Coping with the pain wrongly
Trying to change myself
Feeling like giving up
Dwelling on my past
Building my walls up higher
Learning to trust no one


God, I’m drowing
Deeper and deeper
Will you release me from this spiral?

My thoughts & emotions
Have taken over
Can you get them back?

God, I need you
And your amazing love
Will you help me?

I’ve lost the will to fight
I feel like giving up
Will you free me from this pain?

God, I need you
To remind me of your presence
Can you show me your love?


With God, I feel like I’m:

Winning back myself
Brewing in His love
Swallowing with ease
Thinking to gain wisdom
Breaking down walls
Talking about the truth
Swearing to never go back
Striving to be better
Feeling His love
Dwelling in His presence
Building friendships
Learning to trust again


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that you can always call out to God in difficult times,
& He will always listen and help you because:

YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO ANYTHING ALONE!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Still in Australia?

So, yes.
I am still living & studying in Australia.

However, due to the current world pandemic, called Covid-19, I haven’t been able to explore much of Australia.
So, I decided to make this video to show you what my home / school looks like here.
Hope you enjoy!
THE VIDEO

For more information about what I’m doing here, check out this link!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S. Subscribe to my channel for my “A Day in my Life” video that’s coming soon!

She had no idea…


That girl in the picture
Standing there
Smilling through the pain
Just living life

That girl in the picture
She never could’ve
Known or imagined
What was coming

That girl in the picure
Looking at the world
Blind to the future
She had no idea

That girl in the picture
She couldn’t even
Begin to prepare
For this!


Seriously!

How could she know?
How could she prepare?
How could she see?

She didn’t have a map –
Or a to-do list.
She just needed time.


Time is the key
Everything unfolds so quickly

Time to remember & forget
And, process it all

That girl in the picture
Wasn’t ready for this

So, give her time!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem inspired you to slow down & give yourself time to take a moment to enjoy life!

Be patient, enjoy life, &
trust His perfect timing!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚


For the original picture: CLICK HERE!
P.S. The featured picture on this post was the inspiration for this poem because when looking at it, I was reminded of who I was in that moment, & I realized how different I used to be.
It reminded me to be kind to myself because we all need time to process through life.

YOU ARE…

A poem about your true identity!


The enemy will tell you that:

You are unworthy
You are alone
You are never chosen
You are ignored
You are untalented
You don’t belong
You are hopeless
You are stupid
You are ugly
You are weak
You are not valuable
You are nothing
You are not important
You are neglected
You are hiding
You are afraid
You should give up
You are a default
You are a failure
You don’t deserve anything
You are an outcast
You have no friends
You are invisible
You have no one
You are unwanted
You are worthless

But, God tells you that:

You are worthy
You are valuable
You are His beloved child
You are unique
You are kind
You are chosen by the King
You are talented
You are filled with hope
You are full of faith
You are smart
You are funny
You are strong
You are beautiful
You are important
You are everything to the Creator
You are accepted
You are brave
You are bold
You are His first choice
You are deserving
You are wanted
You are popular
You are worthy

And, most importantly,
YOU ARE LOVED!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminds you of your true identity, and encourages you to live in truth & freedom!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚


P.S. If you’re curious & want to know more
about what I’m learning/doing here in Australia,
follow me on Instagram!

A poem for the Enemy!

Hey Devil!
Listen up!
This message is for you!

I need you to listen closely
Because what I’m about to say is crucial?
And, I need you to take note!

You are done ruining my life!
You are done telling lies!
You are defeated!

I’ll give you credit
For what you’ve already done.
It was impressive.

But, from this moment on,
you will no longer win!
I will never let you in again!

I am not your toy!
You can’t do this to me!
I won’t let you!

I am a child of God!
I am accepted into His arms!
I am a citizen of heaven!

From this day forward
You are dead
Because He is risen!


Thanks for reading!
Happy Easter!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

No More Hiding!

My time has come
Hope has won
I’ve been found

Fear is gone
Love has won
I’ve been covered

The lies are gone
Truth has won
I’ve been set free from doubts

Broken love has vanished
Peace has won
I’ve stopped running

Quitting has no place here
Comfort has won
I’ve found my home

Hiding places have disappeared
Light has won
I’ve started shinning


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encouraged you to come out of hiding
because life really is so much better when you are free!
Don’t hide who you are because it’s only hurting you;
God is waiting for you to realize that you have been found!
He is greater than all your fears; stop hiding & trust Him!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S. This post was inspired by: This Song!

Hide n’ Seek with Myself

Who am I?
What’s my talent?
Where do I belong?
When is it gonna be my time?
How will I find it?

All these questions
Remain unanswered
Leaving me lost
And confused
Searching for more

I can’t seem to see
Nothing gets better
I feel stuck
In this endless cycle
Of this identity crisis

All my life
I’ve searched
And tried to get out
But life always catches me
And I fall backwards

But I don’t give up
I continue
I press on
Moving forward
Must be better

. . .

Because I still believe
That my time
Is coming
So I hold on
To the Hope

I no longer fear
I am held
I have hope
I must be patient
I will make it

I will find me
I can’t hide forever
I must continue to seek
I will end
This game


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to never stop searching because one day you will find yourself & everything will fall into perfect place.
This post was inspired by: I Still Believe

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚